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Poconos man to plead guilty in 'cheesy' counterfeit money case

A Poconos man has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges alleging he conspired to pass counterfeit money with four other people arrested last year near Scranton, according to court federal court documents filed Monday.

Calmen Stewart Jr., 23, was one three Stroudsburg residents arrested with a Brooklyn, N.Y., woman in October 2013 in Dickson City, Lackawanna County, when police found more than $11,000 in counterfeit bills on them.

The money, according to a report in the Times-Tribune.com, was found in the false bottom of a Cheetos cheesy snack container in their vehicle. Dickson City police stopped their vehicle after they allegedly passed $2,000 in counterfeit bills at a Target store.

Stewart along with Victor Randolph, 38, Ralph Randolph, 36, and Dominick Andino, 23, all of Stroudsburg, and Ketsy Devis, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were taken into custody Oct. 26, 2013 on charges of forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and possession of instruments of crime.

Victor Randolph was sentenced in Lackawanna County Court in June to up to one year in jail and one year probation after pleading guilty to possession of instruments of crime, theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Charges against Stewart, Ralph Randolph, Andino and Devis were transferred to federal court after police in Spring City Township, Cumberland County, additionally charged them with allegedly passing $2,000 in counterfeit bills on Oct. 14, 2013.

According to federal court documents, Stewart has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to pass counterfeit money under a plea agreement filed Monday.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Stewart faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Tracy Jordan

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